NAEP Pulse
Professional Development
There is a lot of discussion on the micro-purchase threshold limit going from $3,000 to $10,000. The Council on Government Relations has recently shared an update from the National Science Foundation on the topic.
You asked, and we listened! In an effort to provide more resources and education to meet the diverse needs of our smaller schools and community colleges, NAEP’s professional development committee was charged with the task of researching and making recommendations for topics, methods and materials that would make a direct impact on these groups.

This led us to scheduling a series of virtual roundtable discussions. The vision for these roundtables is to create a space where small schools and community college procurement leaders can network, share best practices and discuss challenges unique to institutions of their size.
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Association News
NAEP would like to welcome Sara Luther, CPPB, Sourcing Specialist from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to the national Board of Directors! Sara is our new District 5 representative to the board, representing the Great Plains and TOAL regions. Sara has been an active NAEP member for many years, most recently serving as the President of the Great Plains region.
Are you, or someone you know, retiring this year? Did your mentor retire recently? Let us know! NAEP would like to honor all of our recent retirees during the General Session of the 2018 Annual Meeting this April in Orlando.
Heard that Disney is raising their ticket prices? Don't worry, NAEP has you covered...
Save the dates now to advance your procurement career this summer. If you want to advance up the career ladder in your procurement department, the NAEP Procurement Academy is must-have educational training.
 
Procurement Critical to Cost Management & Supply Chain Efficiency
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Times are changing, and higher education enrollment rates are on a steady decline nationwide. Between the looming pressure of enrollment goals and the struggle to keep tuition increases down, procurement plays a more critical role than ever in ensuring efficiencies for institutions. We break down the numbers in this infographic.
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Supplier Diversity
Three 2017 HEED Award recipients are dedicated to connecting their students to successful careers by facilitating hands-on experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Read Insight Into Diversity's article highlighting El Paso Community College, Raritan Valley Community College, and Greenville Technical College.
NAEP Exchange Question of the Month
  
Our featured question this month asks how other institutions handle customs clearance for purchases made outside the US and how you determine who in your institution is responsible for making the necessary arrangements. Log into the NAEP website to add your input to the discussion.
Sustainability
  
This February, athletes proudly wearing their countries' colors are filling the winter sports arenas of PyeongChang, South Korea, as they compete in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. But one color---green---will be present throughout the games, thanks to the PyeongChang Organizing Committee's (POCOG) sustainability and energy efficiency efforts.

These efforts---including a high-speed railway, electric vehicles, and efficient buildings---explain why the Nigerian women's bobsled team won't be the only team making history at this Olympics. PyeongChang 2018 is the first Winter Olympic Games to receive the ISO 20121 certification, a sustainability standard for entire events. It is only the third Olympic Games to be certified, along with the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.

The South Korean government and its citizens have long prioritized public transportation. Seoul's subway is the third-busiest metro system in the world---touted as among the best in the world, as well. So it's no surprise that public transit is a key part of the POCOG's sustainability plan for the Winter Games...